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seven hills launches change makers podcast

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Seven Hills is very excited to introduce our brand new podcast – Change Makers – launching today. Hosted by Seven Hills co-founder Michael Hayman MBE DL, this is the podcast for those who want to hear challenging ideas and amazing stories, from those who are making a difference in extraordinary times. The aim? To help you find your mission.

Each episode features an exclusive interview with a different leader from business, government and society; in these interviews you will hear lessons from lockdown, from those who are living it, learning from it and leading organisations through it.

Three new episodes will be released every Friday, and we kick off this week with David Richards, co-founder and CEO, WANdisco; Dame Helena Morrissey, founder, 30% Club; Lord Bilimoria, vice-president, CBI and founder, Cobra Beer.

Change Makers is Seven Hills’ ongoing series of content. Each year we hold the annual Change Makers summit to showcase the leaders realising the positive potential of business, and previously Michael Hayman hosted Change Makers TV – available to watch on the Interviews page of our website.

You can listen to the first three episodes through Audioboom, Spotify and more. To receive future episodes as soon as they’re released – subscribe on your preferred channel now.

We look forward to sharing the mission of many more inspiring leaders in the weeks and months to come.

Take a look at what our first three guests have to say on their episodes.

In the very first episode of Change Makers, host Michael Hayman speaks to co-founder and CEO of Big Data giant WANdisco, David Richards on how entrepreneurs and business leaders can respond to COVID-19. David gives his view on the UK and US government responses to the pandemic and explains how the cloud went from specialist software to the essential tech of the lockdown.

Since co-founding WANdisco in Silicon Valley in 2005, David Richards has led the company on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on the London Stock Exchange. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, David has established and successfully exited several highly successful Silicon Valley technology companies.
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In Episode 2 of Change Makers, Michael is joined by Dame Helena Morrissey, who gives her opinion on how the UK government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, how the economy can get moving again after lockdown, and the long-term changes she expects to see in the way we all work. She also shares her experiences of living in lockdown with eight of her nine children and why she thinks the country will be a kinder place after this challenge.

Dame Helena Morrissey has a mission to level the playing field. With the 30% Club, she is helping to bring more women into boardrooms and as the ‘unofficial queen of the City’, who better for the job? Helena has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and the Financial Times’ 2017 ‘Person of the Year’. Her first book ‘A Good Time to be a Girl, Don’t Lean In, Change the System’ was described by Forbes as ‘one of the five most empowering books for women’ in 2018. Just don’t call her superwoman!

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Joining Michael for the third episode of Change Makers is the next President of the CBI, Lord Bilimoria. In this interview, the Cobra Beer founder talks about his experience having and beating COVID-19, the phenomenal response of communities in supporting one another during lockdown, and striking the right balance between the health of people and the health of the economy.

In parliament he’s a peer of the realm, in business he provides beer for the nation, Lord Bilimoria is the founder of one the UK’s most iconic brands, Cobra Beer. The Cobra taste is described as impossibly smooth, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better description for its founder. As a campaigning member of the House of Lords, chancellor of the University of Birmingham and now president of the CBI, his is a career of achievement and navigating change.

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Chapter 1 outlines the concept of mission and how the breakthrough brands of today have succeeded by building a mission that inspires belief, generates a following and instils a purpose beyond profit.